Golf Putting Tips

Golf Putting tips A managing director at Merrill Lynch, Eric Schimpf oversees the Global Corporate and Institutional Advisory Services group. In his spare time, Eric Schimpf enjoys running and hitting the golf course.

As vital as a long drive, putting is one of the most important aspects of sinking a golf ball. Ensuring that proper techniques are used is imperative to completing a game under par. When putting, creating a solid pre-shot routine is key. A pre-shot routine involves checking the line, addressing slightly away from the golf ball, examining alignment, and practicing one’s swing prior to making a putt. Practice swings are fundamental, as they give a player a greater grasp of the amount of strength and quickness that will be applied upon execution. Failing to practice a swing increases the likelihood of landing in three-putt territory.

Another useful tip is to allow for more break when playing on a slope or hill. This technique is known as a curling putt; a type of swing which increases the curve at which the ball is putted to ensure it has a higher chance of dropping into the hole. For example, on turf that slopes down to the right, a player should aim toward the left of the hole. This will make the ball travel on a curve and fall into the hole from the high side.

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